Residents of Anaheim, California, brace yourselves. In 30 days, expect your city to be flooded with every manner of vlogger and YouTube enthusiast. Like rivers of blood and frogs raining from the sky, soon you will find the streets of Anaheim littered with phantom SD cards and iPhone chargers — grim reminders that VidCon 2013 is upon you.
Some tips on how to make it through the impending VidConocalypse:
1) When people ask you how many subs you have, say, “Who looks at subs anymore?” You’ll seem more legit that way. 2) When asked who you are most excited to hang out with at VidCon, feel free to pick from one of the hundreds of confirmed creators including, Smosh, Philip DeFranco, iJustine, Felicia Day, Hannah Hart and Shay Carl. 3) If anyone asks you what panels you are psyched for, why not mention the recently announced session with Tyler Oakley and Andy Cohen? Oakley and Cohen will be discussing Bravo’s hit web series turned late-night talk show “Watch What Happens Live,” which Cohen hosts.
There you have it, three foolproof ways to avoid looking like a poseur at VidCon 2013. However, industry talk isn’t the only way to prove your street cred; you’ll need to know what panels everyone plans on attending. Luckily, NMR has got your back like so many tortoise shells. Below, you can find the panels that every creator should be at this year.
Saturday, August 3
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Collaborate With a YouTube Star. Like Right Now.
Mark Douglas of Barely Political and the gang behind Prank vs. Prank will be working with attendees on creating their own collaboration videos with “super popular YouTube channels.” The attendees will leave the panel with a collaboration video, which they can post to their own channel. This panel will be a good way to learn the attitude and skills needed to create a solid, professional collab video.
Deconstructing the Contract: What you MUST Know.
The last thing any young creator wants to do is get screwed by some agency. A group of panelists including Dane Boe (The Annoying Orange) and Sarah Passe of CAA will be going over the ins and outs of any agency contract.
Succeeding with a Niche Channel
This panel is a must for any creator struggling to figure out where they belong in the YouTube community. Niche creators Freddie Wong (VGHS) and Andre Meadows (BlackNerdComedy) will be guests during the panel.
Being LGBT on YouTube: Challenges and Rewards
The LGBT community is extremely strong on YouTube and only continues to grow. Creators Tyler Oakley, Hannah Hart and Meg Turney will be on this panel, which will focus on discussing LGBT issues that are “impacting their community – and how YouTube can be a tool in overcoming them.”
12: 30 pm – 1:30 pm
Cinematography: More Than Pointing a Camera
As YouTube content becomes more and more professional, creators are looking for new ways to express their voice artistically. Cinematography has quickly become a pivotal aspect of every YouTube creator’s career. Learn all about it here.
Do I /Have/ to Live in LA?
For some creators, living in Los Angeles — the entertainment capital of the world — could totally change how they collaborate, film and network. Navigate those murky L.A. waters with this panel hosted by Burnie Burns of Rooster Teeth who is a non-resident of Los Angeles.
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Tipping Point
With NMR pal Austin Null as a panelist, you should just go to this panel no matter what. Luckily, this panel will also focus on that bizarre place in a YouTuber’s life between megastar and relatively unknown creator.
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